Friday, 8 May 2015

Mute Swan On Eggs !

Date: 8th May - 2PM
Location:  Newton Park Lake Return
Observation:  The campsite is very noisy with workmen at the moment, as a opening date of August 2015 has been set! There was just the normal birds of note Buzzard at Seven Acre, Whitethroat along the track with a single Yellowhammer also. Just before the Lake there were a pair of singing Blackcaps high up in the tree. 

Just further along, there were also a pair of Marsh Tits, very unusual for our area! But very neat looking birds (this one had just had a bath).

On to Top Lake the Mute Swan was back on the nest with 7 eggs visible, which is great news!

Back in the Village there was a huge rise in Swallow numbers! We counted around 30 in total but there were constant lots coming in and out the barn so had to be more than this!

On our way back there was a right racket coming from the field, there were about 10 Crows and 5 Magpies all squabbling, we had a look and couldn't see anything and there were no overhead predators that we could see, maybe the Magpie was caching some food?

Lastly, we seen a very distant Sparrowhawk who was sat on the footpath sty, we walked down the road to try and get closer to this, we could see it through the bushes about 5 foot away but sadly no pictures could be taken as it wouldn't focus! But lovely to see one so close to home!

Weather:  Cloudy, Rain Showers, Warm
Other Species: Blackcap, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Mute Swan, Yellowhammer, Whitethroat, Barn Swallow, Skylark, Goldfinch, Song Thrush, Marsh Tit, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Wren - Of Note - 35 Species Total !

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